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Altus named one of 5 Great American Defense Communities

The Association of Defense Communities named Altus, Okla., as one of the 2021 Great American Defense Communities.

From the Association of Defense Communities: “Altus is the home of Altus Air Force Base. Altus serves over 6,000 active duty, retirees, and military families. Altus Air Force Base’s primary mission is to provide quality training to future airmen, ensuring that they are combat-ready. The City of Altus, partnered with Altus Air Force base, is committed to improving the lives of airmen and families through a number of initiatives, such as establishing a common workspace for military dependents to provide an opportunity to work, network, and build skills away from their homes.”

“It shows we’re doing our job. In Altus, it’s a culture we’re raised with here, working with our military base. It’s been going on since the beginning of time, since back in the late 50s. It’s just something that we work at so it’s nice to be recognized for it,” said Altus Mayor Jack Smiley.

“I am incredibly pleased—but not surprised—to hear that Altus, Okla., has been chosen as a Great American Defense Community,” said Senator Jim Inhofe. “Oklahoma’s military bases play a crucial role in our nation’s readiness and Altus Air Force Base’s role in maintaining the C-17, the KC-135 and the KC-46 continues to exceed expectations. Congratulations to the Altus community, the men and women serving at the base and all of Oklahoma’s military for continuing to embrace our nation’s highest set of standards and service.”

The four other communities honored were Everett, Washington, Coastal Georgia, Great Falls, Montana, and Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

Altus Air Force Base is one of Oklahoma’s five military installations. The state is also home to two national guard operations and numerous aerospace and defense assets.

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